Wedding Decorations and Themes

Image courtesy of Abby Grace Photography

Image courtesy of Abby Grace Photography

 

Attention to detail is essential to ensure your vision is executed perfectly, although a Potter-inspired wedding, or any themed wedding, requires the most planning and is perfect for the more creative. To help achieve your vision, anything from the Yule Ball to Bill and Fleur’s romantic gathering at the Burrow, you’ve come to the right place.

 

 

Favors and Invitations
Favors can be as simple as some Potter-themed candy or the wands seen below. These favors double as place settings, allowing the guest to have a Potter-themed favor as well as directing them to their proper seat. For example, the photo shows Ms. Watson is Sorted into Gryffindor. If you include a Great Hall table setting, this would be a perfect way to do it all with a simple wand for each guest!

Invitations similar to these can be ordered from various websites, such as Etsy or Zazzle. Or homemade invitations are always a creative and also budget-friendly option.

A few tips to keep in mind when creating your masterpiece:

  • Keep it elegant but playful with a vintage vibe.
  • Use creative fonts.
  • Add a crest to the back of the envelope, like this.

Whether your event is planned for 50 or 500 people, it is always best to also include a program highlighting the details of your special day. Oftentimes, they include the wedding party and order of the day’s events.

Here is where you can get creative and put a dash of magic into the programs as well. The photo is an example of a Daily Prophet-inspired program. This can also be done with many other themes throughout the series, such as the Marauder’s Map or Harry’s Hogwarts acceptance letter from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Either way, this attention to detail is sure to get noticed and also add to your Potter-inspired theme!

Images in this section are courtesy of Geoff White Photography & Weswen Design’s blog.

Flowers
Depending on your color scheme, your flowers may vary from simple to elegant with many options. Many flowers are seasonal, so in order to achieve the best results for your bouquets, centerpieces, etc., try choosing flowers that are in season around the date of your event, although there are a few flowers in season all year long.

Modern Petals Blog is the place to search for color-related flower options, not just the purple seen here but any color imaginable. This site also includes many other flower and bouquet details and wedding options as you plan your magical Potter-inspired wedding.

To follow Bill and Fleur’s wedding theme, these flowers in the purple family will do just the trick. One of the flowers in the bouquet seen below are black calla lillies. These flowers give a dark but magical feel, especially when contrasted against a white or ivory dress.

A florist or DIY bouquets can be another option. If personalizing your flowers is important to you, there are many easy ways to achieve beautiful do-it-yourself flowers. To see how, take a look at the knot.

Choosing silvers and blues within your flowers is also a great choice. You can almost always bet that if you use the right color flower, it will be a beautiful arrangement.

Color Schemes

When it comes to color schemes, there are numerous options to consider. Some of our favorites range from Fleur’s purple palette to the Yule Ball’s winter wonderland asthetics. Also among the favored color groupings include the House colors. The colors present on your big day will dictate the atmosphere of the event.

The four Houses are represented in the slideshow picture below. Any and all of these colors can be included in your Potter-themed wedding.

If you want to incorporate all of the House colors, it can be done! Where elegance is needed, the Great Hall serves for outstanding inspiration at your reception, arranging the tables in a way that there are four long family-style dinner tables. Each row of tables represents a House in the series; as an example, one may Sort friends and family accordingly or at random so that the House colors can be used for each table.

The place cards to tell your guests where to sit can indicate which “House table” they will be seated at, giving your special day the community and love of the Great Hall. Using plenty of candles will also give a very warm Great Hall feel as well.

To give insight to the significance of House colors, take a look at an editorial by Lindsey Skouras. She goes on to explain the background behind the metallics as well as the other bright colors within the crest and Houses for Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin.

The color palette below is the coordinating colors that were present in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 for the Delacour–Weasley wedding at the Burrow. This color scheme was shown in everything from the elegant tent to the centerpieces.

Aubergine (Eggplant), Black, Lavender, and Purple

  • Black serves as an accent color, which can easily make certain attributes “pop.” Black is also a classic beauty and could stand on its own. Incorporating black into your dress, as Fleur did, or into your decor, as seen below, can add a subtle beauty.
  • The combination of dark to light purples is not only in season but also very majestic. The color purple throughout history was used to signify royalty as well.
  • It’s romantic, classy, and very versatile, giving range to be as elegant as desired. Nearly every venue and detail can flex with purples in their scheme. It also allows for femininity while also not overpowering with girly attributes.

Two wintery blues with a silver sheen is another marvelous option, especially those who particularly love Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the Yule Ball. This color scheme is all inclusive from the ceiling to the floor, wall to wall winter wonderland.

The walls of the Hall had all been covered in sparkling silver frost, with hundreds of garlands of mistletoe and ivy crossing the starry black ceiling.

An example of this palette in the Muggle world is shown below. Candles suspended on fishing line, large centerpieces, and opulent lighting provides a flawless Yule Ball for the happy couples and their guests. Ideas for how to attain your color palette by lighting options can be found here.

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Baby Blue, Ice Blue, and Silver

  • Not only do these colors completely represent the colors at the Yule Ball, but they also provide relaxing, cool tones, which can be helpful on your big day.
  • Blue is a year-round color. Baby blues with pastel pinks or yellows suggest springtime, while deep royal blues or cerulean suggest a winter wonderland.
  • Silver is a color that, when paired with the two blues, acts as a glimmering accent to enhance the room. This will also add a magical feel, which is ultimately what Potter-inspired weddings are all about.

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Table Settings
Centerpieces
Here you can find some inspiration for Potter-inspired centerpieces.

Images in this section are courtesy of Event Creative shot by Eric Craig via Freckles Chick and EventrTrender.